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UCF Flying Horse Big Band: The Bat Swings (Flying Horse)

Review of superhero-themed album by the college ensemble

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Cover of the UCF Flying Horse Big Band album The Bat Swings!
Cover of the UCF Flying Horse Big Band album The Bat Swings!

Holy bebop, Batman! Jeff Rupert, director of the University of Central Florida Flying Horse Big Band, decided to turn the school’s premier student ensemble loose on classic 1960s TV-superhero music. This CD focuses on the energetic, quirky stuff that Nelson Riddle and others wrote for Batman, with a nod to Spider-Man for good measure.

Rupert, fellow saxophonists Harry Allen and Mark Taylor, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist/UCF faculty member Per Danielsson arranged the material for this narrowly focused big-band project. The band sounds inspired and tight throughout, augmented on a couple of tracks by faculty members Richard Drexler on Hammond B-3 and Marty Morell on varied percussion.

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